The Rivertown Experience (Westchester), Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown

Date: July 13, 2009 - July 17, 2009

The Hudson River Teacherhostel™: The Westchester Experience

Date: July 13-17, 2009
Location: Sleepy Hollow to Hastings-on Hudson
Contact Hours: 45
Cutoff Date: June 13, 2009
Cost: $395 (includes five lunches and four dinners)
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Experience the Hudson River from colonial times to the present. Meet the authors, scholars, and curators who preserve its legacy and tell its story. Learn about the Dutch, slavery, Washington Irving, Hudson River art, the Gilded Age, and the Rockefellers. See how the ecology changed over the centuries and learn about the plans and ideas for the future. Debate the challenges of the new construction. The program combines art, archaeology, ecology, history, literature and provides a testament to the efforts of small rivertowns to maintain their heritage and identity into the 21st century.

Monday, July 13, Hastings-on-Hudson
9:00 Welcome and Introductions: Peter Feinman, IHARE, Hastings-on-Hudson Library
10:00 “The American Revolution: The Hastings-on-Hudson Story,” James Keaney
10:30 “The Hasting’s Waterfront,” Stuart Cadenhead, Friends of Hasting’s Historic Waterfront
12:00 Lunch: Center Diner Museum in the Street walk
1:30 Newington-Cropsey House: “Hudson River Art,” and gallery tour
2:30 Newington-Cropsey House Tour
3:15 Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society, Barbara Thompson, former President
4:15 Croton Aqueduct walk, Carl Oeschner
6:00 Diner: Harvest on Hudson [tentative]
7:30 Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape” Rob Yasinsac, Hastings-on-Hudson Library

Tuesday, July 14, Dobbs Ferry
9:00 Masters School
10:00 Estherwood House
11:15 Dobbs Ferry Historical Society
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Croton Aqueduct Guided Walk: Hastings north, Mavis Cain, President, Friends of the Croton Aqueduct
2:45 Croton Aqueduct: Overseer’s Cottage, Mavis Cain
4:30 “The American Revolution in Dobbs Ferry, An Overlooked Story,” Rich Borkow, Dobbs Ferry Historian, Dobbs Ferry Library
6:00 Dinner: Half Moon [tentative]
7:30 “Tales from the Croton Watershed: The Struggle for Clean Water,” Pat Houser, Columbia University, Dobbs Ferry Library

Wednesday, July 15, Tarrytown/Irvington
9 :00 Tarrytown Walking Tour, Sara Mascia, Tarrytown Historical Society
10:30 Lyndhurst
Meet in Carriage House for video
Distribution of Objects
Mansion Tour
Overview of education Programs
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Sunnyside: House and Grounds tour
3:00 Irvington Historical Society: House Tour, Andy Lyons, President,
3:30 Irvington Walking Tour: Croton Aqueduct, Betsy Wilson, former President
4:00 Irvington Historical Society: bus tour
6:00 Dinner: Red Hat on the River [tentative]
7:30 “Washington Irving,” Henry Steiner, Sleepy Hollow Historian, Irvington Library

Thursday, July 16, Sleepy Hollow
9:00 Tarrytown Lighthouse, Richard Miller, Tarrytown Historian
Hudson River Swim, Dennis Chilemmi, Executive Director, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
10:15 Philipsburg Manor  “Slavery in the Hudson River Valley,”Michael Lord
12:15 Lunch: Mint Cafe
1:15 Rock the Boat Puppets
1:30 Philipsburg Manor Tour: House, Grist Mill, Activity Center, Boat Building, Fence Building, Cow Milking
3:30 Old Dutch Burial Ground, Dave Logan, Friends of the Old Dutch Burial Ground
4:15 Old Dutch Burial Ground and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tour
5:00 “Riverfront Life in the 21st Century,” Kendal-on-Hudson
5:30 Dinner: Kendal on Hudson
7:00 “The African Experience in the Hudson Valley,” Fred Opie, Marist College

Friday, July 17 Sleepy Hollow/Pocantico Hills
9:00 Rockefeller Archives Tour, Ken Rose, Associate Director of Research and Education, Rockefeller Archive Center
11:00 Union Church Tour
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Stone Barns Center Tour
3:00 Wrap Up

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